FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER= PROBLEM SOLVER

To be successful, a fashion photographer must be an exceptional problem solver. As with most professions, to be at the top means one must roll with the punches and become a creative problem solver, overcoming obstacles both seen and unseen. We have learned that this is no longer no mans land and that our clients and team expect this quality from us.

Being a professional means you can consistently create an exceptional result, in any condition – not only when conditions are exceptional. We must shoot, sometimes, when we are feeling less than artistic.

Many times, whether on location or studio, problems must be expected. I know what you are thinking, “what a negative thought process”. I would think that too except I have been a professional photographer for more than two decades and I can tell you, either you are prepared or you are not.

Many of my clients come to me and ask me about why I brought so much equipment or why we didn’t use a certain piece of equipment. Just like I have many lenses and camera bodies I have modifiers, scrims, reflectors and an entire myriad of stands and configurations. Most of these are not for use in optimal conditions; quite the contrary. In Florida, as well as many places I seem to shoot, inclement weather can pop up at a moment’s notice. Also sun can end up not being where I want it or the intensity not what I need for a certain shot. Theses are the circumstances you must prepare for. As the leader of the team you are expected to solve all of life’s little problems.Susanna_C_Elite_2-2015 187_ppRTCH

Do you have some hairpins, duct tape, 2 sided tape, clamps of all shapes and sizes, Velcro, extra swimsuits, etc.? There really is no telling what can and will happen on a shoot. If you don’t cover it you better make sure someone else will. Much of the well being of the shoot depends on your team and talent feeling great and that you are in control makes everyone feel warm fuzzies. This is one reason I try to find out what everyone likes to drink. Even something that small can make someone really feel like you care and in return they will give you their best.Susanna_C_Elite_2-2015 160_pp

The other day, I was on a remote location in Key Biscayne and my model had to be up against this banyan tree, which was infested with bull ants.   Well I didn’t have any repellent but my makeup artist did! It takes a team, a trusted team, to make things happen and everyone must go beyond their expected duties to be prepared. I call this professionalism and this all goes into the final product of these types of shoots.

The following day, we had another amazing day in Key Biscayne. This day ended up being one of the hottest and most miserable days I have ever been on location. I was sweating so much that I feared changing lenses for the sweat getting into the camera body. My makeup artist and myself, as well as the crew and models had to make adjustments in our normal protocol to successfully negotiate the obstacles at hand. The heat was unbearable, sandspurs and ants, painful, and the tide was exceptionally high but we made it work.Ria_A_Elite_2-2015_pp

Make certain that your team and you have collaborated before and you all know each other’s propensities, shortcomings, and idiosyncrasies. It makes the shoot go smoothly and gives you the best chances for a magical result.

October Is For Water skiers: 2014 U.S. Open and Rocketman

October Is For Water skiers: 2014 U.S. Open and Rocketman kick off in Lake Grew as well as Lake Ivanhoe and Mapple Lake respectively.  I’ve been out of water skiing for quite some time now but the performances have kept escalating as one would expect.  As a past water ski tournament competitor and collegiate skier for Florida Southern College, I was astounded by the performances by both the women and the men.  The level that this sport has moved to since I three-event skied is astounding.  Many positive changes have occurred to help the athletes to achieve the performances but what one can clearly see is that the athleticism has sky-rocketed and I must say I am so happy to see “my sport” achieving such a level of what world-class athletes should.  Also, my hat is off and much respect must be given to the organizers, coaches, parents, and sponsors as all are needed to grow a sport.

I spent the better part of last week photographing many of the top athletes in the sport.  Here are some of the images I captured of this beautiful sport of water skiing.  Enjoy the power and the grace this sport embodies is frozen imagery.

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Mens Slalom Skiing by Nate Smith

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Mens Slalom Skiing by Nate Smith

Chris Parrish Water Ski Slalom Winning Mapple Slalom Challenge Event

Chris Parrish Water Ski Slalom Winning Mapple Slalom Challenge Event

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Mens Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Mens Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Mens Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Mens Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Mens Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Mens Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Mens Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Mens Trick Skiing Cole McCormick

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Mens Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Mens Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Women Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Women Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Women Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Women Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Women Slalom Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Women Slalom Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Women Slalom Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Women Slalom Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Women Slalom Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Women Slalom Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament Trick Skiing

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament

U.S.Open 2014 Water Ski Tournament

Rocketman Freddy (The Nightmare) Kruger Water Ski Jumping

Rocketman Freddy (The Nightmare) Kruger Water Ski Jumping

Rocketman Ryan Dodd Water Ski Jumping Winning Jumping Event with 221 Foot Jump

Rocketman Ryan Dodd Water Ski Jumping Winning Jumping Event with 221 Foot Jump

 

New Blonde Beauty from Michele Pommier Models

I recently got to photograph a new beauty from Michele Pommier Models. She is definately on the way back to being the top agent on the beach as long as she keeps discovering and developing talent like Kelsey. Kelsey is a breath of fresh air. Fun, full of energy, and willing to try new things; just what is needed to grow as a model.
Kelsey Kloster  from Michele Pommier Models Miami Beach

Kelsey Kloster  from Michele Pommier Models Miami Beach

Kelsey Kloster  from Michele Pommier Models Miami Beach

Kelsey Kloster  from Michele Pommier Models Miami Beach

Kelsey Kloster  from Michele Pommier Models Miami Beach

Kelsey Kloster from Michele Pommier Models Miami Beach

Kelsey Kloster  from Michele Pommier Models Miami Beach

Kelsey Kloster from Michele Pommier Models Miami Beach

Kelsey Kloster  from Michele Pommier Models Miami Beach

Kelsey Kloster from Michele Pommier Models Miami Beach

Kelsey Kloster  from Michele Pommier Models Miami Beach

Kelsey Kloster from Michele Pommier Models Miami Beach

TOP MIAMI SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER-MATT DUNN

Matt Dunn, a top Miami Beach and international fashion photographer, is also one of the premier sports photographers in the world. Having closely covered offshore powerboat and formula 1 boat racing as well as field hockey, NFL, NBA, WTA and ATP events, Dunn has proven to be a quality and unique sports shooter. With iconic images of the top players in the basketball, football, and men’s and women’s tennis, he continues to strengthen and prove his world-class image taking prowess.

Rafael Nadal Doing His Signature Move

Rafael Nadal Doing His Signature Move

Andy Roddick

Andy Roddick

Rafael Nadal, Number 1 Player In the World

Rafael Nadal, Number 1 Player In the World

Andy Roddick Shows His Gameface

Andy Roddick Shows His Gameface

Magic Johnson

Magic Johnson

Larry Bird Rebounds

Larry Bird Rebounds

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Mardy Fish Becomes Top Ranked American Tennis Player after Routing David Ferrer in Quarterfinals of Sony Ericsson Open 2011

Mardy Fish Becomes Top Ranked American Tennis Player after Routing David Ferrer in Quarterfinals of Sony Ericsson Open 2011

Novak Djokovic In His Win Over Mardy Fish in SemiFinals

Novak Djokovic In His Win Over Mardy Fish in SemiFinals

Viktoria Azaranka Accepts Trophy For Her Win At WTA Sony Ericsson Open 2011

Viktoria Azaranka Accepts Trophy For Her Win At WTA Sony Ericsson Open 2011

Novak Djokvic Hits a Drop-Shot Winner on Rafa Nadal at the Sony Ericsson Open 2011

Novak Djokvic Hits a Drop-Shot Winner on Rafa Nadal at the Sony Ericsson Open 2011

Rafa Returns a Ball During The Final

Rafa Returns a Ball During The Final

Sharapova Hits Her Forehand Against Viktoria Azaranka At Sony Ericsson Open 2011

Novak Dives For a Passing Shot By Rafa in the Sony Ericsson Open 2011 in Miami Florida

Novak Dives For a Passing Shot By Rafa in the Sony Ericsson Open 2011 in Miami Florida

NEW BEAUTIFUL SWIMWEAR EDITORIAL FOR ELLE’MENTS MAGAZINE

Just got the tear sheets for our new sexy swimwear editorial fo Elle’ments Magazine. My team did an amazing job including Sherilyn Segal for makeup, Inga Provolovich on hair, Marina Pascal For La Maison De Pascale Pascale Swim, and Amy Aceto for Amy Elise Swimwear. John McSweeny of Caroline Gleason Models, and Elliot Merlin of Mega Models Miami always are a huge help for models as is Ron Gerard with Next Models Miami.
All of you are the wind beneath my wings. You always make being creative the only thing I need to think about.
CLICK IMAGES IF YOU WISH TO SEE LARGER VERSIONS.

Elle'ments Magazine August 2013

Elle’ments Magazine August 2013

Elle'ments Magazine August 2013

Elle’ments Magazine August 2013

Elle'ments Magazine August 2013

Elle’ments Magazine August 2013

Elle'ments Magazine August 2013

Elle’ments Magazine August 2013

Elle'ments Magazine August 2013

Elle’ments Magazine August 2013

Elle'ments Magazine August 2013

Elle’ments Magazine August 2013

Elle'ments Magazine August 2013

Elle’ments Magazine August 2013

Elle’ments Magazine September 2013

This is a swimwear layout I did for Elle’ments Magazine. We shot this in July and the heat was nearly unbearable.
Sherilyn Segal did the
makeup and John from Caroline Gleason Models got us the blonde(Katie) and the brunette we used was from MC2(Gabrielle)
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Nouveau Magazine

Nouveau Magazine

Are you a Professional Photographer?-Fort Lauderdale Wedding Photographer | Portrait Photography

Fort Lauderdale Wedding Photographer | Portrait Photography

Are You a Professional Photographer?
Take this simple test to see if you (or someone you know) shows the characteristics of a true
professional.
1.
You pay taxes on your income.
You file estimated tax payments q
uarterly, file state sales tax,
and you claim your income on your tax return. If you don’t, think about the number of people
who see your “page” on Facebook. It won’t take long for the state and federal revenue people
to connect your FB “business” with the fact that you don’t obey the law and report your income
like a real professional.
2.
You have a real website
. Facebook doesn’t count. A website legitimizes you as someone who
will be around in a couple of years, and knows how to run a business.
3.
You have an established post production workflow with backups and offsite storage
. If
not, what are you going to tell your clients when something trashes their images and don’t have
the originals?
4.
You have backup equipment
. Say you drop your main camera/lens at a wedding. What will
you do? Where is your backup gear? How will you respond in front of your client?
5.
You set custom white balance and calibrate your monitors
. If you don’t know what these
are, that might explain why your images don’t produce consistent colors.
6.
You don’t rely on filters, special effects, color gimmicks or other manipulation to give
your images appeal
. If they can’t stand on their own with basic post production, are they really
that good? Getting the exposure right “in camera” is a hallmark of a talented professional.
7.
You work with reputable print labs and equipment to generate quality printed output and
products
. Your clients really do want prints. Are you going to let them produce terrible prints at
the local giant store? Have you ever compared the difference?
8.
You have insurance
. You cover your equipment, liability, and errors and omissions. Stuff
happens. Are you professional enough to be prepared?
9.
You know how to use your camera outside of “Automatic”.
Can you estimate a manual
exposure in bright sunlight? Do you know how to use a light meter? Can you calculate
equivalent exposures across a range of ISO, shutter speed and f-stops? A professional can do
that in her head.
10.
You know how to use all kinds of light, natural and artificial
. If you sell yourself as a
“natural light” photographer, you may not have the skills to use supplemental light to create
good images. Use of on camera and off camera flashes is often a necessity.
11.
Your web/portfolio/sample images are clean
. Are yours blown out, dull, out of balance,
uninteresting or poorly composed? How do you know? Have you ever had another
photographer that you respect give you honest critique on your images? Your clients are not
the best judge of image quality.
12.
You use contracts and model releases for your sessions.
Do you realize you can be liable
if you publish images that don’t have releases, particularly for minors?
13.
You belong and actively participate in professional photography organizations.
Are you
in WPPI, PPA or a
local group? If not, why not? These groups exist to provide guidance and
fellowship and development to professionals of all levels.
14.
You pursue continual education.
What is the last photography class you have taken? Are
you pursuing a degree or merit program? Do you teach or mentor other photographers? If not,
why not? The best professionals continually grow and share with others.
15.
You represent the business of photography professionally.
This means that you charge a
fair price, you don’t copy others’ work, you follow through on your commitments, produce
quality products and services, and you treat other photographers with respect.
So how many of the 15 points did you get? How “professional” do you think you are? What can you do
to improve your standing in the photography community?

Matt Dunn Photography Receives 2012 Best of Orlando Award

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Matt Dunn Photography Receives 2012 Best of Orlando Award

Orlando Award Program Honors the Achievement

ORLANDO October 21, 2012 — Matt Dunn Photography has been selected for the 2012 Best of Orlando Award in the Portrait Photographers category by the Orlando Award Program.

Each year, the Orlando Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Orlando area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2012 Orlando Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Orlando Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About Orlando Award Program

The Orlando Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Orlando area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The Orlando Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: Orlando Award Program

Beautiful Native American Woman

Beautiful Native American Woman as I shot this image for a calendar for a country night club
called “The Barn” in Sanford Florida. This was back in 2002
Thought this might be relevant now that Victoria’s Secret runway show!!!

Beautiful Native-American Woman

Beautiful Native-American Woman

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Thought this might be relevant now that Victoria’s Secret runway show!!!

Eagle One Arms Gun Shop Not Fair Rip Off

Eagle One Arms Gun Shop
4202 Cleveland Avenue
Fort Myers FL 33901
I was looking to buy one of their guns while trading one of mine. I was dealing with them via Florida Gun Trader which is a great website for buying and selling and trading guns .
Be aware I have done hundreds of barter deals through car deals as well as Florida Gun Trader and Ebay. I know fair people and traders and those who are not. This dealer is not a fair dealer. He is selling concealed weapons permit training at a very cut-rate which is my first flag. Second I was working on a deal with him which he wanted to trade me for my Beretta which is in like-new condition. He wanted to give me less than half of what I paid and I bought it from Bud’s Gun Shop, . Bud’s generally is among the lowest sellers on the internet and I paid about $550 for my gun delivered. This guy wanted to pay me $225 for my gun while charging me about $150 more than market value for a gun he had. He felt justified since he paid extra for laser grips(which I could care less about. Be careful dealing with this guy. For your information!!!